Thursday, 5 June 2014

Automated cars get their own city in Michigan

Automated vehicles may soon be driving through a simulated city center and a four-lane highway built at the University of Michigan. Dubbed the Mobility Transformation Facility, the test environment will include roundabouts, stoplights, a railroad crossing, building facades, and even a mechanical pedestrian. Its purpose is to allow researchers to safely evaluate how automated and networked vehicles respond to different road and traffic conditions. Assistant professor of computer science Edwin Olson says that code is being written to allow researchers to trigger events like "tricky traffic signal timings" or ill-timed jaywalking.
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